Help us make the San Juan Islands Plastic Free!

Join us for community events around the county, including the Great Islands Clean-up, regular beach cleans, workshops, and more.

The Great Islands Clean Up

We’re asking Superheroes of all ages to unite and help us clean-up our islands during this year’s Fall Great Islands Clean-up! The event will be a week-long household/individual effort beginning September 28 and running through October 4, 2020. During this period, any roadside or beach trash will be accepted for free at the islands’ transfer stations and paid for by The County. This is an opportunity for our community to get outside, get some exercise, and help make our islands plastic and litter-free by the sea. 

In keeping with San Juan County’s Phase 2 guidelines, masks will be required, participants should practice social distancing, and there will be no congregating.

Contact your island’s organizer for more information and sign up for clean-up locations on beaches and roads. San Juan Island and don’t forget to share photos of your efforts on the Great Island Clean Up Facebook page!

Lopez Island

Roads: Nikyta Palmisani at
Beaches: James Skeet Townley at

San Juan Island

Beaches: Katie Fleming at
Roads: Aaron Rock at
Bags, grabbers, safety vests, and gloves will be available at the San Juan County Public Works office at 915 Spring Street beginning September 28th. Litter picked-up can be dropped off free of charge at the Lautenbach Transfer Station Friday – Sunday 9 am – 4 pm, and Monday from 9 am – 12 pm.

Orcas Island

Roads & Beaches: Pete Moe at
Kits with grabbers, vests, garbage bags, gloves and instructions will be available at the Transfer Station beginning Saturday, September 26

Shaw Island

Roads & Beaches: Jennifer Woodbridge at
A dumpster at the Shaw County Park will be open and attended from 3-5 on Sunday, October 4th. Anyone not able to bring their GICU trash to the dumpster at this time should contact Jennifer to make other arrangements.

Beach Clean-ups

Join us for regular beach cleans around San Juan Island, or become a beach steward for your favorite beach around the County!

Do you have an event that fits our mission to make the Salish Sea Plastic Free? Get in touch and let us know?

What do you do with all that plastic you picked up on the beach? Make art of course!

Mermaid made from beach trash

Art work created from plastic and trash by the local Youth Conservation Corp teams and by community members during the 2018 Great Islands Cleanup on Lopez (Mermaid) and San Juan (Mandala) Islands.